In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm footage, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. As American soldiers prepare to leave, we follow De Pue deep into this hidden land where young boys form wild gangs to control trade routes, sell explosives from mines left over from war, and climb rusting tanks as playgrounds—making the new rules of war based on the harsh landscape left to them.De Pue's transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country.

Film Credits

Pieter-Jan De Pue
Bart Van Langendonck
Pieter-Jan De Pue
Gholam Nasir
Khyrgyz Baj
Bart Van Langendonck

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Suitable only for 15 years and overNo one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video work.
Country: Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Afghanistan, Germany
Language: English, Russian, Persian
Released:1 January 2016
Duration: 87 min
Genres: Documentary

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